Why Is Getting A Fair Settlement So Important?
Let’s face it — supporting two households is a lot tougher than supporting one. That’s why it is important to have a good attorney on your side as you navigate through the divorce process. There are many things to consider when you are going through a divorce such as spousal support, alimony, alimony pendente lite (alimony during the pendency of the divorce), real estate, trust accounts, retirement benefits, health insurance and so much more. It is necessary for you to get a fair settlement in your divorce so you have the best chance of supporting yourself in the future.
How long will it take for me to get divorced?
Usually after a divorce action is filed, one or both spouses are eager to finalize their divorce. There are several ways this can be accomplished:
1. By consent
2. By litigation
3. By bifurcation
If a divorce is settled by consent, getting a divorce decree will take a short amount of time. However, it is still not an overnight process — it will take a few months. On the other hand, if one party refuses to finalize a divorce and consent to a divorce decree being entered, the process can take two years. It is also possible to file a “fault divorce” (not recommended). In such cases, one spouse is attempting to hold the other “at fault” for the dissolution of the marriage. This could require extensive litigation. Then, there are cases where both parties agree to a divorce, but still want to litigate their other issues (such as equitable distribution, alimony, etc.). Getting divorced in this type of situation can take less time than a fully contested divorce, even though other issues relating to the divorce may remain unresolved.